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Jasmine’s 6 Ways to Connect to Nature This Spring

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After a long winter season spent indoors, I couldn’t be happier to see the spring in full swing and summer firmly on its way. Spring is a really magical time of year, and an important transition period according to the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda. Spring is the season of new beginnings and growth, easily visible as bulbs start to appear after many months’ rest underground. Thanks to the warmer days and longer evenings, it’s also the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature at a time when many would say it’s at its most beautiful, and definitely at its most inspiring. Ahead of Earth Day on 22nd April, I’m sharing some of my go-to practices and daily habits that help me tune into Mother Nature and bring me back into balance if I’m feeling overwhelmed or disconnected. Walk barefoot Imagine it — warm sand or cool pebbles underfoot, or the feel of fresh dewy grass. It’s pure bliss, isn’t it? In Ayurveda, this practice is known as “earthing,” and modern science has proven its

Melissa’s Fave Tomato Recipes

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Hello Melissa here! I thought I’d share a round of up my FAVE TOMATO RECIPES as we are happily in the thick of tomato season and I don’t know many people who don’t love tomatoes. Actually I do know a few who prefer them cooked than raw, so here are some speedy fresh tomato recipes and some slow roasted ones too. Hope you enjoy. And if your tomatoes aren’t ripe, keep them on the windowsill or in as much sun as possible, you’ll really taste the difference. P.S. Anyone else growing their own?     Chickpea Greek Style Salad This Chickpea Greek Style Salad brings everyone’s fave Greek Salad plus chickpeas together for extra heartiness. Or if you’re having a nice big fridge or cupboard rummage then add any beans you’ve got that need using, like butter beans or kidney beans.   Get the recipe.     Burrata, Mint & Two Way Tomatoes Burrata is certainly a luxury ingredient so for a very special occasion (in this case, a reunion with my friends over lockdown with thei

Melissa’s Fave Tomato Recipes

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Hello Melissa here! I thought I’d share a round of up my FAVE TOMATO RECIPES as we are happily in the thick of tomato season and I don’t know many people who don’t love tomatoes. Actually I do know a few who prefer them cooked than raw, so here are some speedy fresh tomato recipes and some slow roasted ones too. Hope you enjoy. And if your tomatoes aren’t ripe, keep them on the windowsill or in as much sun as possible, you’ll really taste the difference. P.S. Anyone else growing their own?     Chickpea Greek Style Salad This Chickpea Greek Style Salad brings everyone’s fave Greek Salad plus chickpeas together for extra heartiness. Or if you’re having a nice big fridge or cupboard rummage then add any beans you’ve got that need using, like butter beans or kidney beans.   Get the recipe.     Burrata, Mint & Two Way Tomatoes Burrata is certainly a luxury ingredient so for a very special occasion (in this case, a reunion with my friends over lockdown with thei

Jasmine’s 5 Hot Weather Refreshers

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The weather may be changeable, but there have been an awful lot of very hot days around these parts lately. On a scorching day when I’m just looking to cool down, these recipes are some of my sweet pick-me-ups for keeping cool and calm. Fennel, Grape & Mint Refresher This is a beautifully fragrant and refreshing alternative to a summer Pimm’s, especially since alcohol is dehydrating. You just need a blender and a sieve for this one. Frozen Grapes The easiest recipe ever, frozen grapes are exactly what they sound like, and they are a taste sensation. You’ll wonder why you’d never frozen your bunch of grapes before. Tamarind Juice Ditch the cola for this sweet tangy nectar that I first tasted on my travels to Zanzibar a couple years ago. It’s made using dried tamarind pulp or fresh tamarind if you can get your hands on it. Mango Lassi Mousse If your sweet tooth is calling, this mango lassi mousse is just the thing. It’s light, airy and super summery, and can be made with

Jasmine’s 5 Hot Weather Refreshers

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The weather may be changeable, but there have been an awful lot of very hot days around these parts lately. On a scorching day when I’m just looking to cool down, these recipes are some of my sweet pick-me-ups for keeping cool and calm. Fennel, Grape & Mint Refresher This is a beautifully fragrant and refreshing alternative to a summer Pimm’s, especially since alcohol is dehydrating. You just need a blender and a sieve for this one. Frozen Grapes The easiest recipe ever, frozen grapes are exactly what they sound like, and they are a taste sensation. You’ll wonder why you’d never frozen your bunch of grapes before. Tamarind Juice Ditch the cola for this sweet tangy nectar that I first tasted on my travels to Zanzibar a couple years ago. It’s made using dried tamarind pulp or fresh tamarind if you can get your hands on it. Mango Lassi Mousse If your sweet tooth is calling, this mango lassi mousse is just the thing. It’s light, airy and super summery, and can be made with

We’re Taking Part In The UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme

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Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the hospitality sector struggle more than we could have ever imagined. Having had to close the doors to our Hemsley Cafe along with the rest of Selfridges was incredibly hard. Now we’re back open, we want to do everything we can to make sure everyone who visits the cafe feels safe, relaxed and enjoys the experience as much as their food! We’re proud to say that Selfridges are leading the way across the board with their commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers to enjoy their visit in-store and at our cafe as well as the other eateries within Selfridges.  You’ll notice the cafe has been rejigged in line with the new regulations too, so we are operating with a reduced capacity. We’d advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment – just give us a ring on 020 7318 3170 or book online here.  Now that the oven is back on and the fresh veggies have been stocked up, we have all hands on deck and the kitchen is offi

We’re Taking Part In The UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme

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Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the hospitality sector struggle more than we could have ever imagined. Having had to close the doors to our Hemsley Cafe along with the rest of Selfridges was incredibly hard. Now we’re back open, we want to do everything we can to make sure everyone who visits the cafe feels safe, relaxed and enjoys the experience as much as their food! We’re proud to say that Selfridges are leading the way across the board with their commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers to enjoy their visit in-store and at our cafe as well as the other eateries within Selfridges.  You’ll notice the cafe has been rejigged in line with the new regulations too, so we are operating with a reduced capacity. We’d advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment – just give us a ring on 020 7318 3170 or book online here.  Now that the oven is back on and the fresh veggies have been stocked up, we have all hands on deck and the kitchen is offi